When the first notice of Robin Williams’ death hit the social media circuit, everyone called it a hoax, even posting hoax links about Williams’ death.
It’s not a hoax. It is a very sad day for the world, because a man who has brought smiles, laughter, and even tears to millions and millions of people is gone.
Williams died this morning at age 63. His publicist wouldn’t confirm that his death is a suicide, stating, “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve this very difficult time.”
Fox, which will be releasing the 3rd Night at the Museum film stated, “There are really no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the FOX family. Our hearts goes out to his family, friends, and fans. He will be deeply missed.”
Williams is an Oscar winning actor and comedian, and received the title “the funniest man alive” by Entertainment Weekly in 1997. He had just signed to do the second installment of Mrs. Doubtfire.
From Mork and Mindy to dozens and dozens of movies, Williams touched so many lives, and the nation will feel a sense of sorrow in the days to come.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please get help. If you notice drastic changes in somebody, find help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 1-800-273-8255.
The Multnomah County crisis line phone number is (503) 988-4888.